• Mango fool with pink peppercorn shortbread

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    One of Mark’s favourite deserts in the UK is gooseberry fool. Apparently the first known use of the word for this desert goes back as far as the late 1500’s. Traditionally a fruit fool was made with custard, but more often now it is simply made with whipped cream. That’s exactly what I had in mind when making this. Sadly though, there’s not much else to it other than the fruit and lots of cream. I debated long and hard whether I should even post this, but then I thought that “a little of what you fancy does you good” So…..as with all things creative, a new recipe category was born, “Pagan Delights!” In fairness, that title came up a few years ago when I was thinking of a book of recipes, and our friends Alison and John were visiting. I made a decadent dinner in amid all the Sun Temple stuff and we had a laugh coming up with that title. It was to be the decadent chapter in the book, and now it will be the decadent recipe category.

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    Yippee! mangoes are in season again

    The fool

    500ml fresh mango flesh

    thumb of ginger grated

    juice of 2 limes

    500ml whipping cream

    Blend the mango with the ginger and lime until it is smooth. Whip the cream until it is quite stiff and then gently fold in the mango concoction.

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    The shortbread

    175g (6oz) butter

    85g (3oz) caster sugar (fine white)

    225g (8oz) plain flour

    2 tbsp dried pink peppercorns crushed

    brown sugar for sprinkling

    Place the butter, sugar and flour in the food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together. Add the pink peppercorns (available at the supermarkets in SLU, and widely in the UK) and pulse once more. Remove the mixture, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour or until you are ready to deal with it.

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    Pre heat the oven to 150ºC (300ºF). Roll out on a lightly dusted surface and cut as per the photo. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until looking a bit brownish and dryer than when they went in. I was able to store these in an airtight container for a week in the fridge as the recipe makes more than you need for the fool.

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